Tuesday’s elections brought a wave of change across the Treasure Valley, as Boise’s longest-serving mayor, Dave Bieter, trailed challenger Lauren McLean as the two head to a Dec. 3 runoff election; former disgraced state Sen. John McGee won a Caldwell City Council seat in a comeback bid; Star City Council President Trevor Chadwick defeated incumbent Mayor Chad Bell; Eagle voters ousted Mayor Stan Ridgeway in favor of business owner Jason Pierce; West Ada school trustee Mike Vuittonet was defeated by Amy Johnson; and more. You can read all about it in today’s Idaho Press, with results from across the valley. And if you’re a print subscriber (hint, hint - that link will take you to an excellent deal on a subscription), it’s already been delivered to your home.
Boise voters strongly supported two ballot measures to require elections before the city can embark on major library or stadium projects. A school supplemental levy in Nampa failed by just 10 votes, with 3,734 in favor, and 3,744 opposed.
McGee won a three-way race for the Caldwell City Council with 39.24% of the vote. Current state Rep. Joe Palmer fell short in his run for mayor of Meridian, taking 33.5% of the vote to winner Robert Simison’s 44.4%. Current state Rep. Jarom Wagoner, R-Caldwell, won his race for a Caldwell City Council seat with 53.6% of the vote. New city council members in Boise are Patrick Bageant and Jimmy Hallyburton, joining Elaine Clegg, who easily defeated two challengers.
The Dec. 3 mayoral runoff will be Boise’s first ever; Bieter, who’s seeking an unprecedented fifth term, is Boise’s longest-serving mayor. McLean said she offered “a new style of leadership.” You can read more about all of it online here at idahopress.com (subscription required).